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DMA Piano Students Perform with Ann Arbor Symphony


Four University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (STMD) students will get the rare opportunity of performing with a professional orchestra on Friday, January 19 at 8 pm when they take the stage of Hill Auditorium as sololists with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Arie Lipsky.

The students are all pianists studying for their doctorates of music and each will perform a piano concerto, a requirement of the highly selective program, which only accepts three candidates each year. The concert is free and no tickets are required.

The soloists are Susan Yang, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3; Hyejin Cho, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4; Annie Jeng, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major; and Natalia Kazaryan, performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3

"The study and performance of piano concerti, which rank among the best pieces in all of the concerto literature, is essential for a performing pianist,” said Christopher Harding, chair of the Department of Piano at SMTD. “They form a major cornerstone of our repertoire, and we require a public performance from all our doctoral students as part of their curriculum. Our DMA students are among the best young pianists in the world currently studying, and we are so proud to be able to support their experience by providing this opportunity to perform with Maestro Lipsky and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.”

“This special A2SO concert is the blossoming of a town-gown collaboration,” said Mary Steffedk Blaske, Ann Arbor Symphony’s executive director. “It is the culmination of a two-part intensive education and enrichment program that allows for doctoral-level pianists and other string players to rehearse and perform side-by-side with the professional players of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and for master coaching sessions for all SMTD piano students directly with Maestro Arie Lipsky. The result of this collaboration is this special concert, which lays the foundation for a long-term opportunity to give these wonderfully talented students professional-world performance experience early in their careers.”



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Hyejin Cho, one of four piano DMA students performing with the Ann Arbor Symphony
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